It’s hard to turn down a church’s morning service when it’s promised to be neither “too Christian or too Star Wars.” Berlin’s Zion Church did just that today by hosting a special Star Wars-themed service, since Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been about the only thing anyone’s talked about this weekend.
From the movie’s theme being played on the church’s organ to members of the congregation holding light sabers and wearing Darth Vader masks—which I actually think is pretty disrespectful, given that sith lords are practically demons—the roughly 500 people in attendance were into it.
Protestant pastors Lucas Ludewig and Ulrike Garve wanted to show how Star Wars, maybe the most universally beloved cinematic subculture, “draws inspiration from religious imagery,” showcasing the influence of the Church and the Bible in contemporary culture.
“The more we talked about it, the more parallels we discovered between Christian traditions and the movies,” said Garve. “We wanted to make churchgoers aware of these analogies.”
May the Force be with you (and also with you).